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The British Army of the RhineTurning Nazi Enemies into Cold War Partners$
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Peter Speiser

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040160

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040160.001.0001

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Britain, the Cold War, and the Baor

Britain, the Cold War, and the Baor

Policy Makers, Strategy, and Organization

(p.13) Chapter 1 Britain, the Cold War, and the Baor
The British Army of the Rhine

Peter Speiser

University of Illinois Press

This chapter traces the development of the BAOR in Germany during the Cold War in terms of size and organization, before analyzing its role in British policy toward Germany. When considering British occupation policy and the German reaction to it, both British and German publications cover the period between 1945 and 1949 generally in far more detail than they do the first half of the 1950s. The chapter also examines the broader context of the Cold War, British military strategy, and the BAOR's role. Despite the obvious importance of Anglo-German relations in the context of the making of postwar Europe, the coverage of the bilateral political and cultural cooperation between 1948 and 1957 is relatively sketchy and has only recently begun to attract wider scholarly attention.

Keywords:   BAOR, Germany, Cold War, British occupation policy, British military strategy, Anglo-German relations, postwar Europe

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